• Oct 30th 2008 at 4:29PM
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If the current list of Bugatti Veyron derivatives isn't confusing enough, the automaker is developing yet another variant to be available to customers in April 2009. The new supercar is an open-top Veyron Grand Sport 'Sang Noir' (French for 'black blood') -- it's essentially an evil-looking unpainted carbon-fiber version of the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport targa. The exposed version will be very limited in production (remember, only 15 Sang Noir models are to be built in coupe form), and likely limited to a top speed slightly below 253 mph. Considering the first Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport went for $3.19 million at auction, we can only imagine where these will be priced.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Why not just make it a coach build operation...

      Build all the cars to order, and have names for the options...

      Every car would have a long discriptive, unique name, defined by the options chosen, and the only reason two cars would be the same would be that two people ordered them (or one person ordered two cars...) the same way.

      PurSang would be without paint... alloy/cf option.
      Sang Nior would be black/CF option.
      Grand Sport would be the targa roof option...

      The name of the car would be built by the option list, and individual. Kinda like an old coach-built duesenberg, or something.

      Why bother building 15 of this, and 30 of the other... just build them all to order. And Bugatti can choose to order various combinations for inventory or auction, or whatever.

      Just have them all essentially one of a kind, or a few of a kind by intention.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is the Veyron still selling at a loss for Bugatti/VW? I'm beginning to think that all of these special editions with insane prices at auction may be bringing in some money at this point.
        • 6 Years Ago
        That is why you do it. The Carbon Fiber body parts probably cost VW about $30k right now so if they can tack on another $200k in price that is say 10 cars with $170k more profit (or less loss) its a good deal for VW.

        But when they say that they lose money on each car I am pretty sure they include the development cost, which was astronomical for a low volume car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It was never sold at a loss.

        They implied they would never make money on the car, because of the development costs. But that doesn't mean each car made isn't sold at a profit, which reduces the total loss.

        Also, putting all the development costs on one program is a dishonest way to do it. Later cars will come along and reuse some of the developments made on this project, so that R&D cost should really be accounted across multiple projects.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Your Petrodollars at work.
      • 6 Years Ago
      A 50 bajillion dollar car with a cloth roof. Real smooth.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Just when you thought Mustang variants were obnoxious and unnecessary...
      • 6 Years Ago
      These are the most beautiful cars ever made.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Veyron is really turning into SLR Episode 2, with the number of variants its got. Although all Veyrons are probably gonna be spoken for, slightly unlike the SLR
      • 6 Years Ago
      Bugatti doesn't care what you people have to say here. They are selling cars, there is a huge demand for Veyrons, customers demand different variants of exclusivity and customers shall receive. Bugatti doesn't really care about what press and people say about them, they only care about their customers. And those customers (every single one of them) want something special so this is what they are giving them. And no, Veyron is still not a profitable car, they are still making huge losses but they are doing this in order to crush every exotic car maker and get lifelong customers. Some customers even order 2-3 Veyrons for their garages. There are numerous sheikhs in middle east who have at least 2 Veyrons.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hey, why not, right?
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